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We Uber’d to the pier for $8 for the 4 of us. We planned to walk as it is just across the street about a 10 minute walk to births 1 and 2 The usual Princess ones, but the Crown was at berth 14. We arrived around 11 am and checked in with no line then waited about 15 minutes to board. On by 11:20 I think. The ship looked good inside and out. All the crew members I talked to were friendly and open. I tend to talk to crew a lot. Only on the last sea day was it hard to find a lounger by the pool. No noticeable lines anywhere even on embarkation day. Bar service was good as well as the grill, pizza and ice cream. The buffet was good also. My youngest son was pleased to find that they had waffles for afternoon snack at the buffet; he’s a big waffle fan! I was introduced to star fruit there as well buy a server, probably the tastiest fruit I’ve had. The usual cruise activities didn’t intrude if you didn’t want to participate or watch. It was the first cruise that I actually saw whales in the sea, both jumping and spouting! We had an emergency evacuation the second day. They cleared the front half of the ship outside and the promenade deck as well as all balconies on the port side as a Coastguard helicopter came to take the passenger to a hospital in Puerto Rico. We didn’t do any shows. Saw a special guest magician that was really fun. We went to trivia a few times but mainly just relaxed on ship. The boy’s loved the kids program in the Lodge. We let them check themselves in and out on sea days. They had foosball, air hockey, skeet ball, a lot of arts and crafts, movies, and of course computer games. They came back with a lot of stuff from the program some junk and some worth keeping. They got small stuffed whales as a goodbye gift. They get a “kids” patter in the room the first day with the week’s schedule. On sea days we would have breakfast with them then they would go to the Lodge and we’d meet back for lunch and pool time most days. Most nights they would eat dinner with us and leave before we were done to go to their evening activities. On port days after our excursions or exploring we would have to check them in and out of the program in person and be given a pager for contact until sail-a-way. We had Anytime Dinning that worked great for us. As I stated we were a group of 8 and the first 2 nights we had a 10 to 15 minute wait but from day 2 on the Maitre’d told us to just show up whenever we wanted as they were holding the same table just for us! Our Head Waiter, Sebastian, took excellent care of us. On several nights he brought us special dishes for us, a couple of pasta dishes, calamari, and a special dessert once. I think they were from the Club Class. The pastas were tasty the calamari not so much. My 9 year old told him he liked the bacon in the buffet so on his birthday he brought him a plate of bacon as a gift! It was a favorite time of day for us as a family to get together each night for dinner and share experiences not only amongst ourselves but with Sebastian and Natalia our waiter. Often we would stay late talking with them and each other. We booked all excursions through the ship. We like the security of that. St. Kitts was swim with dolphins. It is kind of expensive but well worth it. This was our 9 year olds birthday request and by far the highlight of the trip for us all. My wife had done it in the past and said it was incredible, I was more along the lines of we’re on vacation and it was an experience she wanted to share with the boy’s so let’s do it. It was fantastic! We were in the water with the dolphins for about 40 minutes we danced with them, pet them, held them, they pushed us by our feet, pulled us with their fins, had them do some other tricks. It was the most amazing thing to experience. It’s hard to explain until you experience it. But if you get a chance to do it go for it! I couldn’t recommend it more. In Martinique we did a catamaran sail/beach break. The sail was much better than the beach break. It was interesting in that the tour guide constantly reminded us that Martinique is part of France and the EU, things like “all our exports go to Europe “or, “we can travel to any EU country without visas” “we are all French citizens”. It seemed a little more than just national pride, almost as if she thought she was superior because of it. Incidentally I think the majority in our group was from the UK. Martinique was the least touristy of the ports. There is a neat fort near the cruise port but you can’t go in as it is an active French military base. In Barbados we went snorkeling over shipwrecks and saw sea turtles and stingrays as well. It was really fun snorkeling there. In Antigua we did a sting ray encounter witch was fun as well. We rode a small boat out to a sand bar on the Atlantic side of the island and had about an hour interacting with the rays or just snorkeling around the shallow bar. St. Thomas we basically stayed on the ship. After 4 busy days it was nice to just relax aboard and the boys wanted to be in the kids club anyway. Grand Turk we just hung out at the cruise port beach. There was a Carnival ship in before us so it started out crowded but they departed a few hours after we got there and gave us more room. It was a good beach day.

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Crown Princess Cruise Review by grg

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Trip Details
  • Sail Date: March 2019
  • Destination: Caribbean
  • Cabin Type: Balcony
We Uber’d to the pier for $8 for the 4 of us. We planned to walk as it is just across the street about a 10 minute walk to births 1 and 2 The usual Princess ones, but the Crown was at berth 14. We arrived around 11 am and checked in with no line then waited about 15 minutes to board. On by 11:20 I think.

The ship looked good inside and out. All the crew members I talked to were friendly and open. I tend to talk to crew a lot. Only on the last sea day was it hard to find a lounger by the pool. No noticeable lines anywhere even on embarkation day. Bar service was good as well as the grill, pizza and ice cream. The buffet was good also. My youngest son was pleased to find that they had waffles for afternoon snack at the buffet; he’s a big waffle fan! I was introduced to star fruit there as well buy a server, probably the tastiest fruit I’ve had. The usual cruise activities didn’t intrude if you didn’t want to participate or watch. It was the first cruise that I actually saw whales in the sea, both jumping and spouting!

We had an emergency evacuation the second day. They cleared the front half of the ship outside and the promenade deck as well as all balconies on the port side as a Coastguard helicopter came to take the passenger to a hospital in Puerto Rico.

We didn’t do any shows. Saw a special guest magician that was really fun. We went to trivia a few times but mainly just relaxed on ship.

The boy’s loved the kids program in the Lodge. We let them check themselves in and out on sea days. They had foosball, air hockey, skeet ball, a lot of arts and crafts, movies, and of course computer games. They came back with a lot of stuff from the program some junk and some worth keeping. They got small stuffed whales as a goodbye gift. They get a “kids” patter in the room the first day with the week’s schedule. On sea days we would have breakfast with them then they would go to the Lodge and we’d meet back for lunch and pool time most days. Most nights they would eat dinner with us and leave before we were done to go to their evening activities. On port days after our excursions or exploring we would have to check them in and out of the program in person and be given a pager for contact until sail-a-way.

We had Anytime Dinning that worked great for us. As I stated we were a group of 8 and the first 2 nights we had a 10 to 15 minute wait but from day 2 on the Maitre’d told us to just show up whenever we wanted as they were holding the same table just for us! Our Head Waiter, Sebastian, took excellent care of us. On several nights he brought us special dishes for us, a couple of pasta dishes, calamari, and a special dessert once. I think they were from the Club Class. The pastas were tasty the calamari not so much. My 9 year old told him he liked the bacon in the buffet so on his birthday he brought him a plate of bacon as a gift! It was a favorite time of day for us as a family to get together each night for dinner and share experiences not only amongst ourselves but with Sebastian and Natalia our waiter. Often we would stay late talking with them and each other.

We booked all excursions through the ship. We like the security of that.

St. Kitts was swim with dolphins. It is kind of expensive but well worth it. This was our 9 year olds birthday request and by far the highlight of the trip for us all. My wife had done it in the past and said it was incredible, I was more along the lines of we’re on vacation and it was an experience she wanted to share with the boy’s so let’s do it. It was fantastic! We were in the water with the dolphins for about 40 minutes we danced with them, pet them, held them, they pushed us by our feet, pulled us with their fins, had them do some other tricks. It was the most amazing thing to experience. It’s hard to explain until you experience it. But if you get a chance to do it go for it! I couldn’t recommend it more.

In Martinique we did a catamaran sail/beach break. The sail was much better than the beach break. It was interesting in that the tour guide constantly reminded us that Martinique is part of France and the EU, things like “all our exports go to Europe “or, “we can travel to any EU country without visas” “we are all French citizens”. It seemed a little more than just national pride, almost as if she thought she was superior because of it. Incidentally I think the majority in our group was from the UK. Martinique was the least touristy of the ports. There is a neat fort near the cruise port but you can’t go in as it is an active French military base.

In Barbados we went snorkeling over shipwrecks and saw sea turtles and stingrays as well. It was really fun snorkeling there.

In Antigua we did a sting ray encounter witch was fun as well. We rode a small boat out to a sand bar on the Atlantic side of the island and had about an hour interacting with the rays or just snorkeling around the shallow bar.

St. Thomas we basically stayed on the ship. After 4 busy days it was nice to just relax aboard and the boys wanted to be in the kids club anyway.

Grand Turk we just hung out at the cruise port beach. There was a Carnival ship in before us so it started out crowded but they departed a few hours after we got there and gave us more room. It was a good beach day.
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Cabin Review

Balcony
Cabin BC R525
Our stateroom was R525 with a balcony. It is advertised as accommodating 4 people with 1 bunkbed and a roll-a-way. Totally false! This was the only disappointing thing about the cruise. We have done insides with 3 and 4 people before with no problem. This was totally different with the beds set up the only place to really stand is in front of the bathroom. The bunk comes down from the middle of the room giving only about 2 to 3 feet of headspace for half of the bed underneath blocking any sightline in the room. In the evening it was pretty much a room full of beds. The roll-a-way blocked access to the balcony and took up any floor space, knowing that we would have booked either a mini suite or an inside. I think Princess should not advertise that 4 people can fit in that room. Otherwise our room steward Arvin was good to us helping to make it work as best as possible.
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Port & Shore Excursion Reviews

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  • Grand Turk
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  • Martinique
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  • St. Kitts (Port Zante)
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